Friends of Robert Moses State Park
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Nature Center Location / History

Robert Moses State Park was constructed in the late 1950s. The Robert Moses state Park Nature Center Naturew began as a self-guided exploratory room in approximately 1983. Past park manager, Peter Sainola was an avid bird-watcher. He opened one room after another, filling them with donated mounted animals and other items of interest. Trails were also constructed and by 1990 the first Conservation Educator was hired to offer environmental education programs both on and off-site. A variety of environmental education programs are available to schools and special interest groups year round. All programs meet the NYS Science standards. Follow our link to discover the programs that are available.

In November of 1999, a Fireside Chat was held and a call of interest was extended to those who cared about the future of the Nature Center. From there, the ideas and plan for a non-profit Friends of the Nature Center blossomed. By January of 2000, Friends of the NatureCenter was incorporated as a 501c3 organization.

The Nature Center is now open year-round, 7 days a week. There is no entrance fee to the center or the park. The NatureCenter houses educational displays and hands-on exhibits. Live animals are also on display, many of whom were adopted from people in the area. If you follow the link to visit our virtual tour of the NatureCenter you will find more than one cute, furry face.

Special workshops are offered on many Saturdays and during school vacations. Topics range from scientific explorations to art and sports. Cross-country skis and snowshoes are available to rent during the winter months. Nature Center staff, volunteers and special educators lead programs. All program fees and giftshop proceeds directly support the costs of animal care and maintenance.

The future of the NatureCenter is a bright one. With support from New York State Parks, the community and Friends of the NatureCenter, it will continue to grow and flourish. Environmental education programs, special workshops and events for the public will continue to change and evolve. There will always be something new to see or do at the Nature Center . Join us and see for yourself!

Directions to the Nature Center

From the East:

Take Rt. 37 west to Massena, N.Y. Once you see the St. Lawrence Centre mall on your left, you will see large highway signs for the Nature Center and Robert Moses State Park. Turn right onto Rt. 131 across from the mall. Follow that road and go through the Eisenhower tunnel. The St. Lawrence Seaway and Eisenhower Locks will be above you as you go through the tunnel. Continue on this road approximately 1.5 miles and take your next right onto Robinson Bay Road. Turn left into the Nature Center .25 miles further up the road.

  

From the west:

Take Rt. 37 East  to Massena, N.Y. Once you see the St. Lawrence Centre mall on your right, you will see large highway signs for the Nature Center and Robert Moses State Park. Turn left onto Rt. 131 across from the mall. Follow that road and go through the Eisenhower tunnel. The St. Lawrence Seaway and Eisenhower Locks will be above you as you go through the tunnel. Continue on this road approximately 1.5 miles and take your next right onto Robinson Bay Road. Turn left into the Nature Center .25 miles further up the road.



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